NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a deadly mugging in Park Slope.
The incident happened just after 7 p.m Wednesday night on 18th Street.
Someone shoved Jesus Morales, of Merrick, L.I., onto the ground during an apparent robbery, causing the 67-year-old to strike his head on the pavement, police said.
Emergency crews took Morales to Lutheran Medical Center where he later died.
Morales was a fixture in the neighborhood for the past two decades, 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported. He ran a travel agency on Fifth Avenue between 17th and 16th Streets.
“He was a nice guy,” said the owner of a newsstand and deli just a few doors down from the Ramirez Travel Agency. “I’ve known him for about 20 years, he’s just a great person. I’m so surprised it happened.”
Morales’ family was shattered by the news of his death.
“They took a person, that was important in our life, in my mother’s life. Her soulmate, her companion, her husband, her friend,” said Morales’ daughter Madeline Herrera.
No arrests have been made but the NYPD is scouring the area for additional witnesses. Morales’ assailant has been described as a 6-foot tall masked man. After throwing Morales to the ground the attacker rummaged through his pockets looking for a wallet, he took a watch and a wedding ring before fleeing the scene.
Morales’ told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan that they want justice.
“I would like the person to be caught. There is no reason for that person to be out on the street and about,” said Madeline.